Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Master Jugglers Combine Dazzling Technique with Infectious Humour

Horizon Stage presents The Gizmo Guys on Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m.

Performing as The Gizmo Guys, Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have amazed and amused audiences all around the world. Together they have made numerous television appearances, won international juggling competitions, and taught at top circus schools. Now, they are bringing their winning combination of dazzling technique and infectious humour to audience members at Horizon Stage on Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m.

With a rapid-fire act that inspires side-splitting laughter in audiences of all ages, The Gizmo Guys have been touring together since 1987. They have appeared before well over a million people in more than 2500 live shows and performed for millions more on television. In addition to appearing extensively in the U.S. and Canada, The Gizmo Guys have strutted their stuff in places as diverse as Saudi Arabia and Japan and have taught juggling at the renowned French and Canadian National Circus Schools.

Allan Jacobs was taught to juggle by his college roommate on his 21st birthday. Shortly thereafter, he co-founded the comedy group Slap Happy which was twice awarded Best Comedy of the Year by The Boston Globe. Allan taught at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College in 1978, won the International Jugglers Association’s Team Championship in 1978, the Solo Championship in 1983 and collaborated as technical consultant on the book The Complete Juggler, by Dave Finnigan. Allan currently lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Barrett Felker learned the art of juggling from his cousin at the age of 15. In 1980 he won the International Jugglers Association’s Team Championship and later that year he launched a solo career by signing a contract with The Harlem Globetrotters. Three years, five continents and thirty countries later, Barrett settled in Europe where he worked his solo act in circuses and variety theaters for two years and learned to speak Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. In 1985 Barrett became one-half of The Dynamotion Jugglers, a duo that appeared with New York City’s Big Apple Circus, Germany's Circus Krone and on television variety shows in Europe and South America. Barrett also currently resides in New York City.

Don’t miss an afternoon of giggles, grins and guffaws with The Gizmo Guys in Spruce Grove on Saturday, October 16. Come early and participate in free pre-show activities for the kids from 1-2 p.m. Tickets for The Gizmo Guys are just $15 for all ages and discounts are available for groups of ten-or-more people. This is also the last opportunity to purchase Horizon Stage’s $35 three-show Family Matinee Series package. The packages includes one Gizmo Guys ticket, one Aché Brasil ticket (Jan 22) and one Mermaid Theatre ticket (Feb 19). Tickets, and packages, are available through the Horizon Stage Box Office. Call 780-962-8995 or visit the Box Office in person at 315 Jespersen Avenue.

“The Gizmo Guys are master jugglers with ebullient energy and exquisite skill…
human virtuosity with a touch of lunacy.”
The New York Times

“… (a) raucous roller coaster ride of laughter… for audiences of all ages.”
Luther Burbank Centre for the Arts

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